On the Radio: Reframing Human Services

Every once in a while you find yourself presented with a fun opportunity, and that’s exactly how Irv Katz found himself broadcasted over the radio in New York City last week. He was interviewed by Allison Sesso and Michelle Jackson for the Human Services Council’s “Human Services News & Views” radio show. It gave Irv…

At Last, Someone Invented Innovation!

In a new blog post for the Huffington Post, Irv Katz questions if the notion of innovation has been trivialized. Is it something that we intentionally pursue, or is it treated as a fad; the latest go-to-conference? It’s important to remember that innovation is a means to an end, and not a solution in itself. Irv…

The Affordable Care Act’s Step Forward

In a new piece for the Huffington Post, Irv Katz, President & CEO of the National Human Services Assembly, takes a look at the media’s recent convergence on the CBO’s report that cited the impact of the Affordable Care Act on jobs. The Olympics are great but the political shows are my favored competition. Not that…

Time to Manage Your Charitable Portfolio?

“So many of the organizations we are asked to contribute to appear very worthy of a gift, but I suggest resisting… unless that cause or organization holds a place in your charitable portfolio,” Irv Katz, President and CEO of the National Human Services Assembly says. “There is really very little to be gained by passivity…

Who Lands in the Safety Net?

This morning, the Huffington Post ran an editorial piece written by NHSA President and CEO Irv Katz titled, “Who Lands in the Safety Net?” In the piece, Irv questions why the conversation around human services has become about, “them,” a distant and dehumanized subject, when in reality each and every life is impacted by human services.…

Is It Charity or Is It Community?

In a new article on The Huffington Post, NHSA president and CEO Irv Katz ponders the history and future of charity, community support, and lasting change. Read below for a sneak peek. We like to think that charity is a uniquely — or at least, an especially — American tradition. The French historian, Alexis de…